In other action Monday night, the City Council:
… Agreed to have a future City Council discussion on fluoride in the city’s drinking water.
Astoria voters approved fluoride in 1952 and again in 1956.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that drinking fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay. The CDC listed the fluoridation of drinking water among the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
But many Oregon cities, including Portland, have resisted fluoride.
City Councilor Zetty Nemlowill said the city should consider whether to put the question before voters.
She said people can make the individual choice whether to use fluoride.
“I think I would feel comfortable advocating for choice,” Nemlowill said after the meeting.
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